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Reading 1

1 Samuel chapter 8

(1Sa 8:1) And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.

(1Sa 8:2) Now the name of his first-born was Joel; and the name of his second, Abijah: they were judges in Beer-sheba.

(1Sa 8:3) And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted justice.

(1Sa 8:4) Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah;

(1Sa 8:5) and they said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

(1Sa 8:6) But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto Jehovah.

(1Sa 8:7) And Jehovah said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee; for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not be king over them.

(1Sa 8:8) According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, in that they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.

(1Sa 8:9) Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit thou shalt protest solemnly unto them, and shalt show them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.

(1Sa 8:10) And Samuel told all the words of Jehovah unto the people that asked of him a king.

(1Sa 8:11) And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: he will take your sons, and appoint them unto him, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and they shall run before his chariots;

(1Sa 8:12) and he will appoint them unto him for captains of thousands, and captains of fifties; and [he will set some] to plow his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and the instruments of his chariots.

(1Sa 8:13) And he will take your daughters to be perfumers, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.

(1Sa 8:14) And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.

(1Sa 8:15) And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.

(1Sa 8:16) And he will take your men-servants, and your maid-servants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.

(1Sa 8:17) He will take the tenth of your flocks: and ye shall be his servants.

(1Sa 8:18) And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king whom ye shall have chosen you; and Jehovah will not answer you in that day.

(1Sa 8:19) But the people refused to hearken unto the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay: but we will have a king over us,

(1Sa 8:20) that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

(1Sa 8:21) And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of Jehovah.

(1Sa 8:22) And Jehovah said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.

Reading 2

1 Samuel chapter 9

(1Sa 9:1) Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valor.

(1Sa 9:2) And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a young man and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.

(1Sa 9:3) And the asses of Kish, Saul`s father, were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses.

(1Sa 9:4) And he passed through the hill-country of Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they found them not: then they passed through the land of Shaalim, and there they were not: and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found them not.

(1Sa 9:5) When they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant that was with him, Come, and let us return, lest my father leave off caring for the asses, and be anxious for us.

(1Sa 9:6) And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is a man that is held in honor; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can tell us concerning our journey whereon we go.

(1Sa 9:7) Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring to the man of God: what have we?

(1Sa 9:8) And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I have in my hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way.

(1Sa 9:9) (Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he said, Come, and let us go to the seer; for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)

(1Sa 9:10) Then said Saul to his servant, Well said; come, let us go. So they went unto the city where the man of God was.

(1Sa 9:11) As they went up the ascent to the city, they found young maidens going out to draw water, and said unto them, Is the seer here?

(1Sa 9:12) And they answered them, and said, He is; behold, [he is] before thee: make haste now, for he is come to-day into the city; for the people have a sacrifice to-day in the high place:

(1Sa 9:13) as soon as ye are come into the city, ye shall straightway find him, before he goeth up to the high place to eat; for the people will not eat until he come, because he doth bless the sacrifice; [and] afterwards they eat that are bidden. Now therefore get you up; for at this time ye shall find him.

(1Sa 9:14) And they went up to the city; [and] as they came within the city, behold, Samuel came out toward them, to go up to the high place.

(1Sa 9:15) Now Jehovah had revealed unto Samuel a day before Saul came, saying,

(1Sa 9:16) To-morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be prince over my people Israel; and he shall save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.

(1Sa 9:17) And when Samuel saw Saul, Jehovah said unto him, Behold, the man of whom I spake to thee! this same shall have authority over my people.

(1Sa 9:18) Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer`s house is.

(1Sa 9:19) And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer; go up before me unto the high place, for ye shall eat with me to-day: and in the morning I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thy heart.

(1Sa 9:20) And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not they mind on them; for they are found. And for whom is all that is desirable in Israel? Is it not for thee, and for all thy father`s house?

(1Sa 9:21) And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou to me after this manner?

(1Sa 9:22) And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the guest-chamber, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, who were about thirty persons.

(1Sa 9:23) And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee.

(1Sa 9:24) And the cook took up the thigh, and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And [Samuel] said, Behold, that which hath been reserved! set it before thee and eat; because unto the appointed time hath it been kept for thee, for I said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day.

(1Sa 9:25) And when they were come down from the high place into the city, he communed with Saul upon the housetop.

(1Sa 9:26) And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called to Saul on the housetop, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.

(1Sa 9:27) As they were going down at the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us (and he passed on), but stand thou still first, that I may cause thee to hear the word of God.

Reading 3

1 Samuel chapter 10

(1Sa 10:1) Then Samuel took the vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not that Jehovah hath anointed thee to be prince over his inheritance?

(1Sa 10:2) When thou art departed from me to-day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel`s sepulchre, in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found; and, lo, thy father hath left off caring for the asses, and is anxious for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?

(1Sa 10:3) Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the oak of Tabor; and there shall meet thee there three men going up to God to Beth-el, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine:

(1Sa 10:4) and they will salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread, which thou shalt receive of their hand.

(1Sa 10:5) After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a band of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a timbrel, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they will be prophesying:

(1Sa 10:6) and the Spirit of Jehovah will come mightily upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.

(1Sa 10:7) And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion shall serve thee; for God is with thee.

(1Sa 10:8) And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt-offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace-offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come unto thee, and show thee what thou shalt do.

(1Sa 10:9) And it was so, that, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.

(1Sa 10:10) And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a band of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came mightily upon him, and he prophesied among them.

(1Sa 10:11) And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied with the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?

(1Sa 10:12) And one of the same place answered and said, And who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?

(1Sa 10:13) And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place.

(1Sa 10:14) And Saul`s uncle said unto him and to his servant, Whither went ye? And he said, To seek the asses; and when we saw that they were not found, we came to Samuel.

(1Sa 10:15) And Saul`s uncle said, Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said unto you.

(1Sa 10:16) And Saul said unto his uncle, He told us plainly that the asses were found. But concerning the matter of the kingdom, whereof Samuel spake, he told him not.

(1Sa 10:17) And Samuel called the people together unto Jehovah to Mizpah;

(1Sa 10:18) and he said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all the kingdoms that oppressed you:

(1Sa 10:19) but ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saveth you out of all your calamities and your distresses; and ye have said unto him, [Nay], but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before Jehovah by your tribes, and by your thousands.

(1Sa 10:20) So Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken.

(1Sa 10:21) And he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by their families; and the family of the Matrites was taken; and Saul the son of Kish was taken: but when they sought him, he could not be found.

(1Sa 10:22) Therefore they asked of Jehovah further, Is there yet a man to come hither? And Jehovah answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the baggage.

(1Sa 10:23) And they ran and fetched him thence; and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.

(1Sa 10:24) And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom Jehovah hath chosen, that there is none like him along all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, [Long] live the king.

(1Sa 10:25) Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before Jehovah. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.

(1Sa 10:26) And Saul also went to his house to Gibeah; and there went with him the host, whose hearts God had touched.

(1Sa 10:27) But certain worthless fellows said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no present. But he held his peace.